Not even miserable rainy and windy weather could slow down these Woodinville Falcons (11-0) at Pop Keeney Stadium on Saturday, as they took apart the Bethel Braves 37-7.
Alec Schwend, once again part of the arsenal, made a statement with a bouncy 25-yard run right up the gut on the Falcons first play from scrimmage though the green team would fumble a wet snap on 3rd-and- five at the 15 and settle for a 32-yard Conner Zaback field goal to break the seal.
Bethell scored on a wild and crazy 79-yard catch-and-run by Jordan Ramirez to give the Braves an early 7-3 lead five minutes in, but it was early.
Woodinville finished an 11-play drive, bolstered by Devin McKee’s three-yard sweep on 4th-and-three, after a thoughtful measurement by the zebras to move the chains and Brett Arrivey found Alec Kazmarcik on an inside screen to make it 10-7 with 2:48 remaining in the opening frame.
After the Falcon defense snuffed Bethel on three plays, the Braves snuffed them back and Arrivey finessed a quick-kick downed at the Bethel 6-yard line. Woodinville’s defense stiffened once again and Kyle Adkins returned a punt 35 yards down to the Bethel 28 with 1:45 left in the half but the Falcon drive was stifled.
Then on 4th-and-goal from the nine, after a funky timeout, placekick holder Beau Vintertun scored untouched on a fake field goal—pretty-as-you-please—to make it 17-7 at the half—a backbreaker for the Braves.
“We’ve been working on that for weeks and it finally came down to the right time,” Vintertun later said. “We saw they we’re loading up the left side so we put our biggest guys on the right side and just ran it through. Sawyer (Whalen) cleaned up the guy I needed to beat and I just ran it through a huge hole. I was never even touched.”
Bethel missed on two early second half field goals—one wide left and one wide right--as Woodinville poured it on to win going away.
The Braves (8-3) hadn’t scored less than 24 points all season but were limited to seven by the Falcons. Their record-setting quarterback was reduced to pedestrian status by the green team, and took a host of hits from Woodinville’s extraordinary defense.
“Our kids just keep plugging along, doing what we ask as coaches, and remain really focused,” Woodinville head man Wayne Maxwell said. “They were well-aware this was a win-or-go-home game and they’re up for the challenge. They’ve just got great confidence and look forward to playing the game. As the week went by you could tell at practice they were hungry and ready to compete. They were motivated by this (Bethel) offense that was putting up some big numbers and were up for the challenge. They (Bethel) scored on that one play, you know... but these kids are not getting big-headed and do the work from week to week.”
Woodinville earned the right to host another game at the Pop: Union of Vancouver,Wa., upset winners over previously-unbeaten Kentlake, on Saturday.
The beat goes on.